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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Limited Release Belgian Style Ales Now Available

The brewers over at Corner Brewery have been busy dreaming up some special concoctions just in time for the holiday season.

Velvet Hammer: This is a beer three years in the making the base is a belgian style dubbel brewed early in 2008 and blended with an old ale aged since 2005. The resulting brew was then bottle conditioned over the summer.

It is a highly effervescent brew with a slightly tart and vinous character that pairs well with hearty stews, roasted vegetables, beef tenderloin, bbq and sweet potatoes, goat cheese and gorgonzola. Less then 10 cases remaining. So stop in and get some while it lasts.

Saison Farmhouse Ale: This classic Belgian style was born in the farm houses of Wallonia in Southern Belgium where it was originally brewed for household consumption and aged in wooden barrels.

Our Saison is a refreshing, medium-bodied, fruity and spicy ale with a distinctive yellow orange color, crisp carbonation, and a quenching acidity.

There is a burst of complex flavor on the palate with hints of candied orange peel, cracked pepper, coriander seed, and tart lemon with and underlying earthy quality.

Pairs beautifully with spicy cajun or Indian dishes. Try it with chili, curries, sharp or pungent cheeses, pasta with cream sauce and wild game.

Saison available on draft at the Corner and in 750ml corked bottles.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

We are very excited to announce the release of our first wild beer. The Velvet Hammer is a slightly tart belgian style ale weighing in around 8% abv. The base of this beer is our Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel but the finished product bears no resemblance.

We brewed the Dubbel last winter and inoculated it with a bit of Jackhammer Old Ale that has been aging for three years in an oak barrel inoculated with Hansens Gueuze.

We then conditioned the dubbel for a couple of months in a serving tank before bottling it into 750s and conditioning it over the summer.

The result is a medium-bodied sour ale with the vinous and sour fruit characteristics of a Flemish brown but with a sparking champagne-like effervescence.

Due to the lively carbonation, this beer must be stored and served cold, uncorked slowly, and very gently decanted. The foam does not dissipate as rapidly as the head on a champagne but will subside after a few moments in the glass.

We only have 480 bottles of this delightfully tart and bubbly ale available for purchase throughout the state. It is on sale now at the Corner Brewery and will be available at a couple of hand-selected fine beer stores in the Washtenaw county area.